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Is your rent about to increase? Cities and districts in Bavaria are increasing garbage collection fees

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When the garbage truck arrives, it will be more expensive for many people in Bavaria in the future: some municipalities increase the fees for the disposal of household waste at the turn of the year. The reasons are varied – and there is little leeway.

Many citizens in Bavaria have to be prepared for rising garbage collection fees. For example in the state capital Munich: The Munich Waste Management Company (AWM) is increasing its fees as of January 1, 2022.

Increased personnel costs in Munich

Up to now, weekly emptying of an 80-liter residual waste bin would cost 237.12 euros a year, and in future it will be 305.76 euros. The 1,100 liter bin, which is often found in apartment buildings, costs 2,324.40 euros, up to now it was 1,800.24 euros. This payment also covers the collection of the paper and bio bins.

“The reasons for the increase are diverse. Personnel costs have risen, and conversely, the revenues for many recyclable materials such as waste paper and waste wood have fallen. You have no discretion in the decision. Our people absolutely deserve the increased salaries. Because even in the difficult time during the corona pandemic, they did their work extremely reliably and with commitment.”

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Kristina Frank, Local authority officer Munich

Garbage collection fees increase also planned in Hof, Würzburg and Fürth

It will also be more expensive for the residents of the Hof district in northern Bavaria: The last time the fees were increased in 2009, District Administrator Oliver Bär (CSU) recently stated. In 2014 the fees were even reduced. “Recently, however, the situation has changed significantly, so that there is now a need for action.”

▶ In order to be able to continue to cover costs, the fees should increase by around 30 percent. For the 80-liter barrel, the fee was previously 139.20 euros per year, from January it would then be 180.96 euros. The district council still has to approve the plans.

“Increases in fees for waste disposal are also planned in the cities of Hof, Würzburg and Fürth. The increase will be necessary due to an annual decrease in the city’s fee budget of almost one million euros in each case in the years 2017 to 2019. But it was also decided that the city will pay more attention to waste prevention strategies in the future.”

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Susanne Kramer, press spokeswoman for the city of Fürth

Recycling centers open longer due to Corona

The citizens of the Ostallgäu district also have to be prepared for a fee increase. For an average household that means additional costs of around 30 euros per year. 

▶ The reasons are the increased amount of waste and a decrease in revenues from the sale of recyclable materials.

In addition, the corona pandemic caused additional costs: The recycling centers are open longer in order to be able to comply with the hygiene rules when handing in.

Garbage fees difficult to compare

According to the Association of Municipal Enterprises (VKU), fees for waste disposal should cover the costs. Municipalities and their waste disposal companies could not act as they see fit. A fee calculation always takes place according to the specifications of the municipal tax law in the respective federal state.

▶ Basically, garbage fees are difficult to compare. “Waste fees can include different services, which is also reflected in the fee.” Disposal costs are lower in more densely populated cities than in rural areas, where longer distances have to be covered.

The municipalities also handle the collection of bulky waste differently: Some cities and districts therefore offer free collection, but offset this with the garbage fees. In addition, when calculating the fees, it plays a role whether fermentation or incineration plants still have to be written off.

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